How to make a baby sweater from an upcycled adult sweater
Timed needed: 2 – 3 hours
Skill level: advanced beginner
- Thrifted sweater
- Knit fabric
- Basic sewing essentials
- Serger recommended
- 1Taking an old shirt you already have to use as the Pattern Piece, place the shirt on the BOTTOM of the sweater, so we can reuse the sweater’s bottom hem, as well as on the fold. Cut around the shirt, adding an additional 1 – 1.5″ around the shirt pattern.
- Place the sleeve of your shirt on the BOTTOM of the sweater’s sleeve, so we can also reuse that hem. Cut around your shirt pattern, using the top of the sleeve as the fold. Cut one out of each sweater sleeve.
- Lastly, cut the remainder of the sweater’s chunky hem off, as we will be turning that into the new sweater’s collar.
- Cut one of your sweater’s body pieces in half down the front middle, to give you two front sweater pieces – and you should now have this. (1) Back, (2) Front, (2) Sleeves, (1) collar fabric
- Take your Front sweater pieces and place on top of your Back sweater piece, right sides together. Pin and Sew shoulder seams ONLY.
*Note – as I mentioned before, sweater frays A LOT. So you will need to zig zag stitch seams, or serge.
- You will now have this if you lay it all out.
- Take your Sleeve piece, and pin the upper arc right sides together to the armhole opening of your sweater. Sew.
- Fold sweater right sides together, matching up the side seams and underarm seam. Pin and sew.
- You now have something resembling the sweater – YEAH!
- Take the old sweater’s chunky hem that you cut the excess off of, and pin the cut edge to the top of your sweater’s neckline. Cut to fit so that it is the same size lengthwise.
- Pin and sew.
- Once you have zig zag or serged this hem, you will want to press it down towards the sweater, and edge stitch over it to keep the seam in place.
- We are almost there!
- Take your scrap knit fabric, and cut (2) so that they are each 2.5″ Wide x the length of your sweater +1″.
- 15. Attach the raw edge of one to the front opening of your sweater on the wrong side and pin. Let 1/2″ hang over the top and bottom. Sew 1/2″ away from the edge.
- 16. Fold over the knit to the front, fold the top and bottom 1/2″ in, as well as the raw long edge under, and pin in place along the outer edge. Edge stitch to secure in place. Repeat for both sides of the sweater.
All you have to do now is add your buttonholes and buttons and you are finished!
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